Category Archives: Family

2 Trips To Izu In 3 Days! Yuzu Fruit Picking, Mountains, Parks, Lakes & Dog Walking!

  There’s nothing like a nice three-day break with your family in the Japanese countryside. However, due to negligence on my part I forgot to request the time off work until it was too late! Subsequently, I had to return … Continue reading

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The Shrine With A Sacred Tree Which Is Over 2000 Years Old

Think of famous trees in Japan and many would probably come up with Jomonsugi on Yakushima island which possesses a giant cedar tree estimated to be 2000 to 7200 years old. That is said to be the oldest tree in Japan … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020 In Tokyo

  The whole Covid_19 business has meant that I am very grateful that we went back to the UK for the festive season twelve months ago. Admittedly I thought it would be better to go back this December but thankfully … Continue reading

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The Sea Cave In Shizuoka That Sprays Seawater Several Metres Into The Air

After countless trips to Ito on the Izu Peninsula there really aren’t that many local places which I haven’t been to but this time my father-in-law, on a whim, took us to a new location. The original plan at first though … Continue reading

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Puppy Love Pt II: When Maron (Finally) Met Cocoa

When our beloved family dog “Momiji” (a chihuahua-poodle mix known in Japanese as a chipoo) went to heaven last year it left a huge void in our lives. Time does move on though and seven months later my wife and … Continue reading

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Puppy Love: A Big Welcome To Our Little Addition To The Family!

2020 has brought about big changes for so many people but even before Covid-19 reared it’s ugly head, our lives had altered due to the arrival of a new little puppy. Our cream-coloured Chihuahua was born in mid-October last year and … Continue reading

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A Nostalgic Outing Of Sorts To Bradgate Park In Leicester And My Local Town’s Hottest Healthy Food Cafe

One of the first ever school excursions I have a vague memory of going on was to this vast park in the north-west of Leicestershire. That was way back in the mid-eighties (* a couple of photos are included at … Continue reading

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London Pt III: The Vagina Museum, A Phallic Building, The Famous Cock & A String Of Filming Locales

With Rina having returned to Japan for work I was left to my own devices for a day and a bit in London. Camden Town was one of the areas I wanted to revisit as I’d come across a couple … Continue reading

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Taking My Wife On Her First Trip To Leicester

My wife Rina may have been to my hometown twice before (August 2013 and August 2014) but she had never been into Leicester. Now that would not be a problem for almost all tourists visiting England but she is married … Continue reading

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On The Fox (Hunt) Trail……In Great Bowden (Leicestershire, UK)

After a day of excess eating on Christmas Day it’s always good to get out of the house the next day and, other than the start of the shop sales, the Fernie Hunt meet is the thing to do on … Continue reading

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